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I'm rebuilding a 1600cc Alfa engine, which is quite dirty on the outside and fortunately relatively clean on the inside. I'm looking for a place in the San Francisco/Bay Area that has familiarity performing machine work on an Alfa engine. I also need to first get the major engine components cleaned.

I'd also like to find a place that provides access to cleaning machines. As I have a lot of parts that need cleaning, so it'd probably be easier and cheaper to just bring in a bunch of parts and clean them myself rather than get an itemized bill for individual parts. Also it would be great to find a place that performs electro-plating so that afterwards I can get my cleaned but worn Alfa bolts looking like new.

Yes I know, that's a lot of things to ask for :cool:

Thanks, Norman
 

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The SF Bay Area is a big place. For Alfa engine machine work, Terry Tinney in Livermore & Jon Norman in Berkeley. I'd suggest asking a local hot rod shop for the generic cleaning and plating stuff, which is going to be hard to find in CA.
 

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TEM machine in Napa is very good. He isn't an Alfa specialist, however he is the guy that Ferrari North America goes to when they want to make a change to the Ferrari Challenge engines. He's currently working on a couple Ferrari 265 engines, just finished a very rare Citroen engine, working on some sort of Fiat engine as well. He knows his stuff.

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TEM machine in Napa is very good. He isn't an Alfa specialist, however he is the guy that Ferrari North America goes to when they want to make a change to the Ferrari Challenge engines. He's currently working on a couple Ferrari 265 engines, just finished a very rare Citroen engine, working on some sort of Fiat engine as well. He knows his stuff.

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Thanks, I'll contact him in necessary to Jon Norman and Terry Tinney.

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with respect to a place in the SF Bay Area that would allow personal access to cleaning facility, i do not know of one. my former employer left California (SF Bay Area) and got out of the aeroengine overhaul business completely. I know that even the used abrasive grit was treated as a controlled hazardous waste and disposed of accordingly. i can't imagine the liability involved if the general public were allowed to clean whatever, at will. I'm guessing you'd have to establish a personal rapport with a shop owner for access.
 
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